So I’m really lazy in the morning. So lazy that I have no qualms about making my boyfriend get up with me at six in the morning to make me coffee. Mind you he doesn’t go into work until around 11 most days. I can barely function, let alone deal with my majestic mane. I have pretty thick and curly hair naturally. While I know this is a dream for a lot of you straight haired ladies, I assure you that your end of the deal is the easier one. There’s really no way for me to have wash and go hair, so I normally just pin it up in a tight and professional looking bun.
Over the weekend I usually get all crazy with hot rollers and hair flowers, but that’s only when I have half a day to get my rats nest sorted. For example, here’s my normal hot roller set!
I dig big hair, probably because I’m from the south. But a hot roller set isn’t exactly morning friendly. Too much thinking, too much time. I tried something else yesterday, while it still needs work, it’s a very doable weekday hair routine for me. I decided to conquer a wet set.
If you don’t know what a wet set is, I know your mom will. It’s a very vintage way of getting country club wife hair. It’s a no heat, minimal damage, easy solution. You’re gonna need some stuff you may or may not have. I brought all this from Sally’s for around 15$.
-Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion (You can also you gel, but it’ll be a bit on the crunchy side)
-Three packages of 1 1/8th foam rollers (I used two and half packs for my hair, but better more rollers than not enough)
-Alligator Clips (For holding down stubborn rollers that want to flop forward)
-A hair net (I chose this pink tie on one, because it made me feel less like a lunch lady than the other options)
I started with dry hair, and used a spray bottle with water to get it to just damp. I know it’s called a wet set, but as someone more well versed in vintage hair than I told me, long hair takes forever to dry in rollers. So err on the side of dry if your unsure. Brush through you hair and make sure there’s no tangles or anything that could kink on the roller.
Apply a generous amount of the wrap lotion, you think it’ll feel like mouse, but it doesn’t. I brushed my hair again to distribute it evenly.
As far as rolling the hair, I didn’t follow a diagram in particular, I rolled my center front bang piece forward, and rolled the rest back. Make sure your hair sections are not wider and longer than the roller, otherwise things won’t be neat with you take everything out. Use a alligator clip to hold wily rollers down. The neater you are, the nicer your finished product will look. I won’t lie, this step alone took me like an hour. I know I’ll get faster if I do it every night, but there’s a learning curve for sure. As your rolling, your hair might need a spritz or too from the water bottle if it starts to dry out.
Once everything is rolled and pinned, put on your hair net and fall asleep. Or if you’re like me and did it at six o’clock go about your life and pray your neighbors didn’t see you when you let the dog out.
Once you wake up the easy part starts.
You can see my hairnet stayed really well all night, and these really weren’t that bad to sleep on. Take out all your foam rollers, making sure to slowly unroll them so you don’t snag or damage any of you hair. Your hair will look really bad, but I promise it gets better. I used two brushes to brush my hair out. A large barrel round boar bristle brush, and a flat boar bristle brush. I brushed everything forward and under using my hand on top the brush bristles to help smooth the hair. This is going to take longer than you think.
The third picture with super fluffy hair is about ten minutes in. Keep brushing until everything is smooth and nice. To be honest with you guys, I did most of the brushing as I drank my coffee and watched the new Arrested Development on Netflix. I added a bit of argon oil at my ends, and some aqua-net to smooth some baby hairs on my part.
I think with a bit of practice, and a setting pattern I didn’t just make up, I could get used to this.
Have you ever tried a wet set?